With an online License Plate lookup, you can easily have all the information related to your car at your disposal. It can also come in handy when you want to know your VIN number, but it is not easy to remember all the 17 characters in the right sequence.
This online free Alabama License Plate lookup tool will get you a free VIN report as well as complete information about the vehicle. There is no need to wait in queues at the DMV office to get the records containing the history of your vehicle. Within few moments, without any charges, you can have access to all the information.
Where to find my Alabama plate number?
The easiest way to locate the license plate number is to look for it at the license plate itself. It is written in big, bold fonts and is clearly visible. Apart from this, you can also find the license plate number in your registration certificate. The second option is handy when you do not have your car with you.
How to get a license plate in Alabama?
It is a must for every vehicle owner in Alabama to apply for the license plate within the time frame of 20 days from the date of purchasing the vehicle. You can get your license plate registration and validation sticker by visiting the Alabama Department of Revenue.
The official Alabama DMV website- https://revenue.alabama.gov/motor-vehicle/
On this website, you can apply for the following types of license plates, and each type has a different fee structure and requirements:
- Standard Plates
- Military Plates (Disabled Veteran and Armed Forces Retired)
- Distinctive Plates
- Generic Distinctive Plates
- Collegiate Plates
- Dealer and Manufacturer Plates
- Government Plates
- Generic Race Plates
- Vintage Plates (for Motorcycle, Passenger, Truck)
- Temporary Tags
The danger of car fraud
If you are currently looking to buy a second-hand car in Alabama, do not blindly trust all that the car dealer says. You must do your own research on the history of the vehicle. And the best way to do it is by using the Alabama License Plate lookup. The search result will provide you will all the needed details regarding the used vehicle.
The information will contain many important data which will tell you whether you should invest in the vehicle or not. Using the license plate lookup along with the VIN report will prevent you from getting trapped in some car fraud.
Benefits of getting the report
Apart from just having access to the vehicle’s history, many more benefits are attached to doing a license plate lookup.
- Having the data related to vehicle's past use will help to strike the right deal with the seller/dealer. They will not hide anything from you and get more value for the car than it should be.
- The report also contains the current market price of the vehicle. Thus knowing this detail will save you from spending more than the actual rate. This will prevent you from getting ripped off.
- Among the list of details provided, there is a head that mentions the past repairs and inspections. This will tell you if the car is worth investing in, or you will just end up repairing it every other month. Such information gives you an idea of how much the insurance cost will be.
- Another benefit of this report is that you will get a complete history of the car. This way, you can check if the car was ever involved in any criminal or illegal activity. Such things are usually not informed by the dealers, and people usually overlook them. But having this report will help you in avoiding getting into fraudulent contracts.
You can buy a second-hand car without such an investigation, but why do it when you can get more information about the vehicle. It is better to be safe than sorry.
What is in the report?
Since the free license plate lookup tool has been merged with the VIN check report, the amount of information you can get from this report has become more detailed.
Damage/ accident reports
Vehicles can get damaged when used regularly, and then get easily repaired. But it is difficult to know whether the damage/ accident was major or minor. This confusion gets cleared with the repair shop record provided by the License Plate lookup.
If you face problems with getting the car registered, then the report will probably have the reason why the state authorities are not approving the car and making it legal to drive on the road.
The records will also mention the times the car was re-sold. Whether it was for personal use or put into commercial use. Such detailed information on ownership of the car will not be available in any other way.
You will have access to the information stating whether the car has a salvage title and if the car is safe enough to drive. These reports by the state agency and the insurance company will make your buying decision clearer.
Last car inspection
Many types of inspections need to be done concerning a car to ensure that it meets various pollution control goals, safety checks and is safe for the driver and passengers put forth by the government. If such inspection goals are not met, then the car will fail the inspection.
Knowing this status is important because if on inspection the car is found to be as "currently stolen," that means the dealer/ seller is not the real owner. By doing a quick License Plate lookup, you can access robbing records. The next step is to report them to the police.
Where does all this data come from, and is legal to have access to it?
Multiple trusted resources are used to retrieve all the reports. Some of them are the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).
Yes, all this information is legal. The information complies with the Driver's Privacy Protection Act (DPPA). The reports do not disclose any information regarding the owners of the vehicle.
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